Ready for another home renovation update?! As of today, we’ve had this house for seven weeks. I cannot believe just how fast these last four weeks have gone by!
These last two weeks marked a turning point both for me and the house. Last week I got tired. Not just physically tired, but downright mentally tired. It’s not easy working every day on a home, and having very little to show for it. I know for a fact that the house is light years better than 1 month ago (it smells like a new house – no more pet pee odor!) but last week it still looked like a hot mess.
I had a harder time jumping out of bed to work on the house, and an even harder time pushing through the afternoon slumps. But I did it. And the only reason I could push through was because of our people. Whenever someone else shows up to help, I feel instantly lighter. Like transforming this entire house in under 3 months is actually possible. David and I truly have the best family and I am SO grateful for all of their help in this crazy process!
So after last week’s prep, this week has been monumental. We’re prepped for paint and through with all of the painfully tedious sanding and cleaning. Painting is one of the things I was looking forward to the most, and when we started that this week my second wind hit full force!
Every single night I pass out as soon as my head hits the pillow, and I wake up feeling kinda hungover. But so many things are happening so quickly, it’s definitely worth it.
I think the best way for me to update y’all (and this post not be 8 years long) is a good ‘ol fashioned list. So here we go!
THINGS WE’VE CHECKED OFF: (since my last post)
- Repaired + replaced the siding on the back of the house. If you remember from a long ago Insta Story, the previous owners’ dog literally ate the siding off the back of the house. So the bottom 4 panels of siding were just completely missing, leaving the wood exposed to the rain. That is now fixed thanks to David and his skills.
- Installed the new back door (those things are heavy).
- Got all three bedrooms painted (walls, trim, and doors) and CARPETED. Yup. They now look like actual bedrooms that someone would want to live in! The master bedroom paint color is Olympus White by Sherwin Williams and it covered in ONE coat.
- Painted my office (walls, trim, and doors). It’s blindingly white in there (Extra White by SW to be exact) but I LOVE it. It’s going to be so perfect for product photography!
- David installed a couple fans for us. A GORGEOUS espresso brown one in our bedroom (here), and a simple white one in the living room. They’re both LED and I’m super impressed with how a simple light fixture and some paint can transform a space. I can’t wait to install our kitchen lighting!!
- Speaking of, our light fixtures from Lighting Connection arrived and I pulled each out of the box to check on them. Seriously y’all, they’re so darn pretty. That foyer light up there will go above our stairs.
- We demolished most of the master bath!! Thankfully there was no water damage or anything unexpected. We have a little more demo to do in there, then it will be ready for tile and floors in a couple weeks.
- Our cabinet boxes (top and bottom) are primed, and the doors/drawers are ready to be primed.
- All trim is sanded, hardware is removed, and everywhere is ready for paint (if it hasn’t been painted already). After thoroughly prepping, painting moves crazy fast! It’s so encouraging because this part really makes me feel like I’ve done something.
THINGS WE LEARNED:
- Our trim and doors were all painted previously with an oil based paint, and then painted again with a latex paint. We found out that latex basically just rubs off the oil paint so we would have to use a primer before painting everything. It was double the work but I feel great knowing that our hard work will last.
- If you keep your fridge stocked with beer you’ll always have helpers ;)
- Zinsser BIN primer (what I used on the kitchen cabinets and to seal the pet stains on the floor) is fantastic but smells HORRENDOUS. Definitely need either open windows or a respirator when working with this stuff.
- We got a movers coupon (10% off) after we started our mail forwarding, and we were able to apply it to our previous appliance order at Lowes. It was a great way to get some money back! Oh, and we bought the floor model of our stove so we got a discount on that too.
- We’re in full on hustle-mode to get all of the painting finished before the rest of our flooring goes in on Tuesday. Yes. A couple days from now. There really isn’t a ton left to paint since most of upstairs and living room is done, but I’ll feel much better once it’s ALL finished.
- Painting the cabinets is probably going to take a couple weeks as I’ll be doing about 2-3 coats of paint on them (depending on how things go).
- We’re working with our contractor to get our front porch repoured. The concrete slab settled over the years, and now it slopes towards the house and basically pours water right at the house when it rains. Not good. Also getting some bids on building a portico.
- Trying to determine if we can salvage our front door or need to buy a new one. The seals on the windows are broken so it looks a little dingy, but I don’t know if anyone but us would notice!
- Installing our new garage door. Right now, all of the panels are cracked down the middle, so when the wind blows really hard they bend in and it looks like it’s going to snap in half… very comforting.
- Installing fans and light fixtures.
- Fun small projects (lol) like dusting all of the blinds in the house, vacuuming outlets, and spending way too much time researching stuff online.
Things are really starting to look great around here and I’m just so excited! Thank you all so much for following along on our renovation journey. I’m loving all of the comments/messages, they keep my spirits up when I’m dead tired :)
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